Peep Show favorite Robert Webb, who hopes audiences won’t laugh when he takes part in Strictly Come Dancing, has suffered a near-death experience with his heart disease
A simple routine medical examination led Robert Webb to fear that he might die.
The Peep Show star had a regular check-up ahead of his comedy series Back, which stars close friend David Mitchell, which aired on television in 2019.
But the doctor delivered serious news that completely changed her life.
Recalling the echocardiogram results, he told the Guardian they found a heart murmur caused by mitral valve prolapse.
“[He said] I’m not saying you’re going to have a heart attack in the next fortnight …
“But if the problem is not solved, then in the next two, four or six months … this heart will fail.”
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The illness was caused by a birth defect and the only solution was for Robert to undergo major surgery.
And on the morning of the operation, the cardiologist warned against plans to push back, insisting, “You can’t send him home for five days, he’s not going to last two days.”
Rob, who has two daughters with actress Abbie Burdess, also lost two-thirds of his blood, calling the operation a “touch and go”.
It completely changed his outlook on life and forced him to quit smoking and drinking.
âMy confused brain was always looking for the right ‘turn’: no ââmore cigarettes after this birthday, no more wine after this breakfast, etc. – they were literally about to turn me off and on again. turning, duck, âhe said.
And in January of this year, close friend David opened up about his devastation for fear of losing his 30-plus-year-old best friend and sidekick.
“It’s always easier to be kind to Rob to others, so I can tell you that Rob’s heart surgery reminded me of how grateful I am to have him in my life,” a- he declared.
The near-death experience prompted Robert to participate in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.
This time, Robert is hoping the audience is not left out when he performs.
âSince then, I think my attitude is basically, ‘Now is not the time to be cool and sit on the edges, watching other people dance. “That in fact, if you have something to give, maybe it’s time to give it,” he explained.
Robert hopes to win over judges and the public in milking his operation. âI’ll mention it as often as possible,â he laughs.
“In fact, this will be the second anniversary of my heart surgery on Halloween, so it will be the show where my scar is covered in glitter.”
Having already won Let’s Dance for Comic Relief with a hilarious take on Flashdance, he thinks people could expect a lot from him.
He said: âIt would be great to win. If I get over halfway, I would expect to get very defensive and start poisoning other people’s energy drinks and installing trigger wires for Greg Wise.
* Strictly Come Dancing stars tonight on BBC One at 7.45pm
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